June 14, 2010 – Segment 2

The Justice Policy Institute (JPI) recently released a report outlining steps the city can take to reduce the endemic overcrowding in Baltimore jails.  Citing an abnormally high rate of people incarcerated while awaiting trial, JPI suggests that Baltimore should rely more on citations instead of arrests when dealing with minor offenses, shorten the time between arrests and court dates, and reform bail practices.  
We’re joined by Douglas Colbert, Professor at the University of Maryland School of Law, and Sheryl Goldstein, Director of the Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice, to discuss how the city can address overcrowding in the prison system.